It makes me immensely sad I’m updating my family blog so little these days. Not so much because I miss blogging all that much, but more because it means I don’t spend nearly enough time as I should just photographing the fleeting everyday moments of my children’s lives.
I think about it often. But I find myself struggling a lot lately, to balance a suddenly flourishing photography business, documenting my quickly growing children’s lives and then all the motherly obligations that increase as they grow. Trying to fit in a creative outlet for my own personal photography growth (and sanity) seems like a luxury now…
I’ve been telling myself that life will slow down soon. That this craziness can’t possibly last for another week or so. Let me just get through this birthday, or 4-job weekend, or backlog of editing, I say to myself. But yeah, I’m not so sure anymore that life will ever slow down. If anything, it seems to accelerate!
I would like to pick up my camera more often to just document the simplest things. Like my daughter, her markers and an easel.
And shoot for what makes me happy right then.
And my child and her art.
She turns 3 soon. It makes my heart clench thinking about it.
That quote about the days being long, but the years short? That’s my life right now.
I’m grateful I have reminders like these some days, to remind me to slow down.
I’ve been SO BUSY these past 2 weeks, I barely got this in in time. Phew!
I’d like to say this though, I was very mindful to shoot through glass whenever I could. It pushed me creatively during client sessions this month as I looked for every opportunity to find a window or sliding door. I am grateful for this project in so many ways.
Here is my take on our theme this month.
Funny I did not end up shooting through a window for this even though I was doing it so much with clients! Please continue on through our circle to view how Amanda shot through glass…
We’re in month 2 of our Blog Circle Challenge. For those of you that missed the first month, this is one of my personal photography projects that I’ve taken on in 2013. Each month I shoot with a theme in mind and post my best/favorite shots. And then link to 14 other fabulous photographers so you can view their unique perspective on the same theme.
For February our theme was Food Photography.
I’m not gonna lie, shooting food is my least favorite type of photography. I have never been moved or inspired by beautifully styled shots of food. It’s just a personal preference, mind you. However, I did learn an important lesson this month – No matter what you photograph, the same rules I have learned about light, composition and creativity can always be applied.
And because of that I actually enjoyed putting together this series of shots with some simple items I found in my refrigerator and pantry.
Sometimes inspiration and art can be found in the most unexpected paths and places…
And for that reason I’m grateful for the personal projects I take on. And the women who continue to encourage and inspire me.
Please follow our circle to view Amanda‘s unique take on our theme.
I’m redoing the course materials from a photography class I took last January. Thought I’d share some of that work here.
My baby girl’s animal kingdom has grown a ridiculous amount in a short period of time.
There are some nights when I come in to kiss her goodnight, I can’t find her in that sea of stuffed animals.
Apparently she has to go to bed with EVERY SINGLE ONE of them.
I decided to continue with a 52 Week Photography Project for 2013. This time though I am focusing every week’s theme around one or both my children. My friend and photography-partner-in-crime (the fabulous Rachel!) has agreed to continue along this super fun (I hope!) journey with me.
I doubt I will be able to dedicate one blog post to each theme every week. I have 3 week’s worth of themes to post in this one post already just so you know. Hey, I’m just going to do the best I can this year!
Week 1 – Me And My Children
Week 2 – Sleeping
Week 3 – Reading
More to come in following weeks!